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A boy is born and his father doesnt want him to get involved with the wrong poeple. He does and he becomes a mob boss and it is an epic story of a man's life as a crime boss.
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Ballantine, Feb 2001, 25.95, 376 pp.
ISBN: 034540100X

    Over the decades, powerful mob boss Angelo Vestieri has defeated many an enemy by insuring close ties with his allies. However, the ravages of time and illness have taken their toll and by 1996, Angelo lies dying in a hospital bed. His protégé, Gabe loves Angelo like a father. However, Gabe cannot stomach the “family” business that he does not want to lead.

    Gabe thinks back to 1964 when as a ten year old he ran away from his latest foster parents and meets Angelo. The mob kingpin immediately sees something in the lad that he fails to observe in his own children. He “adopts” Gabe, whose job description includes number running and debt collection. Angelo instills values such as loyalty and honesty with one's friends in Gabe who truly loves his mentor. Gabe also hears stories about Angelo's coming to America at the beginning of the century and his rise as a crime boss. However, that does not mean the life of a GANGSTER is the lifestyle chosen by Gabe who wants to go straight.

    GANGSTER is an excellent portrayal of the life of a mob kingpin. The story line is exciting and character driven as the audience sees deep inside Angelo and to a lesser degree, his family and Gabe. However, best-selling author Lorenzo Carcaterra could have provided a better character analysis of Gabe for genre fans. That way, they would have a better understanding of the schism that splits Gabe's soul between his loathing of the mob life and his intense love and loyalty for the man who embodies its value system.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   orgies    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of other female areas    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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